Serenella Di Carlo Serenella Di Carlo

Copy of Strange Events (mysterious,problems,oddities)
Upper - Intermediate, B2 level


In this lesson students are going to talk about strange events, mysterious, problems and oddities. Besides, the students are going to learn and practice some new words in the context of mysteries and oddities. The lesson starts with a Short reading task in which students match some short paragraphs to some phrases. The stories in these paragraphs are very interesting so students will be involved and engaged to the subject after this task. Finally there will be a discussion about similar stories they had heard of or experienced.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of mysteries, problems and oddities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and clarification some new words in the context of mysteries, oddities and problems


Warm up (5-7 minutes) • To set the scene and get students interest in the topic

- Put the Ss in groups - Introduce the topic by asking them to describe some pictures. - Hand out twelve pictures showing the cases in Ex.1 will be given to each group - Tell the Ss that they need to look at the photos, choose and write a title for each photo. - Groups swap papers and see how different or similar their ideas were. - Go through the answers with the Ss on th board quickly. - Try to elicit spoon bending, ghost, murder, telepathy, miracle etc. in the feedback

Lead - in / Presentation (5-8 minutes) • To practice some new words and direct students to the subject of mysteries and oddities.

- Hand out the short paragraphs to each group - Tell them that they will read the phrases and match them to the short paragraphs - Monitor and take note of the vocabulary they have difficulty with. - Briefly check their understanding of the vocabulary using CCQs. - Groups swap papers and check their answers. - T Check the answers with the Ss.

Speaking (8-10 minutes) • To activate their knowledge about and get them practice some new words

- Give them the HO - make sure students are familiar with the adjective in Ex.2. - Use CCQs to find out if they know the words. - Ask them the questions.

Extended Speaking (15-20 minutes) • To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of mysteries, problems and oddities

- Put the Ss in groups - Ask the Ss if they know of any similar cases - tel them that they are going to share their ideas with each other. - Remind them that they need to give details in their answers. - Get a few Ss to tell the class the strangest thing they've heard from their partners.

If time allows (0-0 minutes) • to practice the target language and new vocabulary and help understanding

- Put them in pairs - Handout the HO - Tell them that they are going to fill the gaps on page 64. - Hand out the answer key.

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